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. the amazing story of one marine we first met more than a year ago in afghanistan in place that years of war had made unsafe for everyone, he signed up for duty that put him directly in harm's way. he talked to us about it at the time. american lal lor, one marine's story. >> reporter: we first meet joey jones in afghanistan. the financial base of the taliban. helmand is the deadliest province. do you feel like you're ready to retire? >> i'm jest getting started. >> reporter: and 23-year-old jones has one of the most tang rouse job, bomb disposal. >> it's a big deal for the country and the guys behind you. i saw an opportunity to do a little bit more. >> reporter: he's from dalton, georgia. a father of a 2-year-old boy. on this day, a tip comes in. jones and his team prepare for a tough day. >> bad day is coming out and doing our jobs and something going on. >> reporter: there are no big bomb suits. they prepare to detonate the ied. there's an achingly long silence, an then -- the blast rings in our ears. we walk to the crater. a local resident says there are three more this the area. >> get
museum in grand rapids, michigan. >>> we turn overseas to afghanistan. bold words were delivered by president obama's new defense secretary, leon panetta. he said about al qaeda, i think we have them on the run. and that victory is, quote, within reach. ababs david kerley is in washington. >> reporter: having succeeded after nine, long years in the hunt for osama bin laden, the new defense secretary boldly says the u.s. is on the verge of defeating al qaeda. >> i think we have them on the run. >> reporter: but speaking to reporters on his way to afghanistan, panetta said timing is critital. >> i think now is the moment to put maximum pressure on them because i do believe that if we continue this effort, that we can really cripple al qaeda, as a threat to this country. >> reporter: here's why. with the killing of bin laden, u.s. forces recovered a treasure trove of intelligence. panetta revealed today they have been able to identify 10 to 120 al qaeda leaders who are based in 4 countries. >> if we can go after them, i think we really can strategically defeat al qaeda. >> reporter:
in the afghanistan war. last year, abdo took the unusual step of complaining to tv networks. among them, al jazeera. >> i do not think the afghanistan or the iraq war is justified islamicly. and i do not think, and believe, that i can participate in any war that the u.s. army partakes or involves itself in. >> reporter: sources tell abc news, military officials were concerned about so-called radical same, abdo has been overheard making. he was also known to talk about anwar al awlaki, who is hiding in yemen and believed to be plotting attacks against the u.s. many consider awlaki america's number one enemy. still, despite those suspicions, abdo disappeared and went awol on the fourth of july. police now know that he came here to killeen, texas, and checked into this hotel. and tuesday, he took a dtaxi to this gun shop, guns galore, the same store w wre the alleged shooter bought his weapons in 2009. about beau bought six canisters of gun powder, three boxes of shotgun ammunition and a mag sooeb for a semiautomatic pistol. >> he arrives in a taxi, okay? that's -- that's flag number one. he purr chac
. >>> we turn to afghanistan, where we are getting our first look tonight at grizzly new images from inside that luxury hotel in kabul, swarmed by suicide bombers who went on that deadly attack. in an abc news exclusive, nick schifrin tonight takes us inside. >> reporter: abc news filmed the first images from inside the intercontinental. the attackers blew themselves up in bedrooms, in stairwells, in the hallway. the top floor, completely destroyed by fire. on the roof, a massive firefight. the attackers brought bags full of red bull and water so they could fight for hours. for the first time, a senior afghan police official admitted to abc news that his men wouldn't have retaken the hotel without the help of these nato special forces. later this month, afghan forces are supposed to take responsibility for security in parts of the country. but their response to this attack raises questions about whether they're ready. nick schifrin, abc news, kabul. >> nick, our thanks to you. >>> and it's those images that haha authorities on high alert this fourth. combine that with documents found inside
to afghanistan was sworn in today at american embassy in kabul. ryan crocker said the united states was not rushing to leave the country. and that what happens in the month ahead would have far- reaching congress -- consequences across the globe e says the united states has no interest in permanent base nighs afghanistan. >> we have no interest in -- basis in afghanistan. >> we have no interest of usingafghanistan to project influence in neighboring condition ris. >> he said he was confident after combat troops less left in 2014 the united states would be able to help prevent the stall bonn from returning to power. >>> rare and special discovery a bell thought to be 2000 years old has been found during exda vation. -- consider excavation. when shaken it -- excavation. when shaken, it makes a distinctsound. they believe it would have been sown out of a garment worn by a high official or priest during the first century ad. >>> it's 6:26. they -- there were loud andangry calls for another politician to step down. >> now nancy pelosi is calling for a ethics investigation into the repres
strikes pushed leaders in afghanistan to the brink of collapse they're concerned about somalia. >> that would be the next, most significant terrorist threat. it may emanate from the al- qaeda presence. >> reporter: several recently traveled to fight in the civil war. sources tell abc news that 40 smell january -- people from somalia fought. >> not all al-qaeda has come close to drawing muslim americans to jihad. >> reporter: the recruits came from california, minnesota, illinois, new jersey, virginia, alabama and texas. >> they continue to call for strikes against the united states. as a result, we won't let our guard down. >> reporter: the group is forging an alliance with the al- qaeda affiliate in yemen. a leader was captured with evidence showing cooperation between the two groups. >> well, you know it's serious, the group is the focus of a hearing in d.c. today. >>> all right, thank you, jamie. >>> a philadelphia tv reporter becomes part of a story. find out why the reporter was attacked. >>> and this is supposed to be a spill proof gadget, does it really work? we'll put t
years of distinguishedservice. today was all about a moment in afghanistan when petry was severely wounded, shot in both legs, looking at a live grenade that could have hurt his fellow soldiers. abc's john donvan on what he did. >> reporter: above and beyond. that's where leroy petry went in may 2008, afghanistan, his seventh tour of duty. these pictures, from before he found out what he was made of. with the true sign of that today being in all the ceremony, a certain discomomrt at the attention. >> to be singled out is very humbling. >> reporter: perhaps, yes, for a kid who used to get into fights and who almost failed in high school, but out there, picked up a live enemy grenade to toss it away to save his comrades. it cost him his right hand, but he's alive, rare for medal of honor winners. but there's also this. leroy petry decided he's not done. and when he reenlisted, he took the oath with his right hand. his new one. john donvan, abc news, washington. >> and we want to honor him, too. >>> and, still ahead on "world news," one thing you may want to buy to help create america
documents and videos related to the wars in iraq and afghanistan. >>> jaycee dugard will release her memoirs today giving insight into her years in captivity. she was abducted at 11 by phillip garrido and held for 18 years bearing two children with him. >>> and a big honor for a millarea man. -- military man. the sergeant first class reroy petary will be award the med afl honor. he is the second living active duty service member to receive the honor for being as in iraq and afghanistan. >>> the all star game is today in phoenix is going to be one familiar face behind the plate. baltimore orioles catcher is the only member of the team to make the game this year. he is the first catcher from the orioles to play in the all star game since 1989. >>> now maryland's most powerful doppler radar and the forecast certified most accurate by weatherate. >> familiar face mask is good enough. today, temperatures will peak out. we add humidity and you know forget about the temperatures. this is bragging rights. heat index 79 in baltimore. feels like 82 in roanoke and charlotte and feels like 91 in st. lou
for the troops serving in afghanistan this morning. marine corps general john allen has taken authority from general david petraeus. he told the crowd gathered for the change of command ceremony in kabul he is confident a peaceful afghanistan will prevail but there's many challenges ahead. general petraeus plans to retire from the army at the end of august and will take over as the head of the cia in september. >>> hillary clinton is on a two- day visit to new dely. she is expected to meet with indian leaders to talk about improving the relations with pakistan and the economy. it comes less than a week after a series of explosions in new buy left 19 -- mumbai that left 19 det. no one claimed responsibility for the attacks. >>> they are trained to keep us safe when we need them the most. a cheating scandal rocks baltimore's fire academy. >> reporter: the charry hill road bridge opens today -- chery hill road bridge opens today and that makes -- cherry hill road bridge opens today and that makes a lot of people happy. >>> and high temperatures maintain the grip across the south and midwest. wh
in afghanistan, asking their commander whether they get paid is really shameful. >> yes. >> what are the choices that are going to be made if this doesn't come through as you hope? >> well, it's really unthinkable. i think the specter you raised is one of the reasons i think there's so much urgency on capitol hill this morning. >> what are the tough choices and what will be paid? >> first of all, our focus now is on solving this. you know, we don't have much time left. a little over 60 hours, i guess. we've got to get this solved. >> and, you know, at the last hours, people are looking for off ramps. there is no off ramp here. the only option for congress to raise the debt ceiling and sign the initial deficit reduction savings into law. obviously, if congress isn't able to act, the treasury department has to brief people affected and will obviously do that. the focus has to be driving toward some conclusion. i think the american people are sitting home sasang, they've gone through this recession, many lost jobs, many working two job, helping family members affected. they are furious at this. wha
that the paper hacked voice mails of the families of british soldiers killed in iraq and afghanistan. paul mcmullen was a reporter and editor at "news of the world." >> it was certainly a really commonplace practice. >> reporter: this scandal reaches beyond the murdoch empire revealing that london police were selling the paper's scoops in exchangee for bribes. there are even allegations that the prime minister, a close friend of murdoch turned a blind eye even though he knew what was going on. >> while the chief engineer of the world's largest sea bridge opened in china and insisting it is safe he is denying accusations that construction was rushed so that the bridge could be open in time for the communist party's 90th anniversary. medial reports found incomplete crash barriers and loose nuts on guardrails. >>> to diane sawyer's exclusive interview with jaycee dugard who endured the unimaginable and emerged with powerful lessons on love and life. in her own words. >> this is how she looked the last time we saw her, a little girl with a name out of a storybook, jaycee lee dugard, 11, who loved
, the head of theafghan transition commission thanked the people of the region. western afghanistan's largest city is one of 7 areas being handed over to the afghan control throughout the month of july. >>> homeland security secretary janet napolitano says aviation is a top target ten years after the 9/11 attacks. new measures have gone into place as terrorists plotted new ways to bring down airliners. she tells the associated press the government sees more intelligence about the threats to aviation and that's one of the biggest concerns they have. >>> now "good morning maryland." >> reporter: police have made an arrest in the shooting of a city cop. i am linda so, why a man they have in custody may have had experience with all kinds of guns. >>> a teen killed inside a brooklyn housing project. what police have saying about the student athlete. >>> and fight between millionaires and billionaires could be ending. how close is the nfl to ending that lockout? all that is straight ahead on this friday, july 22nd, good morning, i am charley crowson. megan pringle is off today. but, she is not goin
you to do that? >> i have friends and folks who i knew over in iraq and afghanistan. i had buddies who had huge student debt, people got kicked off their health insurance plans for one reason or another. that was my decision to get involved on a personal level. >> reporter: i know this is your whole thing that you're not any different than anybody else who works here. >> it's true. i don't mean to sound boring. it's the reality of our day to day. >> reporter: it is different. you put your career in hollywood very high profile one, you know, you work in some movies that have made a lot of money. >> if you talk to the numbers of staffers here that have families and multiple kids at home and you talk about folks who have been working jobs that they worked their lives for and took a break for two years and are not making as much money as they had before and putting their family life on hold, those are the real stories. >> reporter: i guess we should cancnc the segment right now. >> i would say do the segment on everybody else. i really do think that. i think that that's what kind of keeps
of soldiers were sent to afghanistan as part of the surge. >>> for a look at morning road conditions on this holiday. flooding could cause problems on i-95 from d.c. into the carolinas. stormy along i-10 from houston to tallahassee. wet along i-90 in the dakotas. >> if you're flying, airport delays are possible, atlanta, miami, charlotte, memphis, st. louis, minneapolis, phoenix and las vegas. >> all over the place. >>> lot of fireworks displays are canceled in the south and southwest this fourth of july >> the reason, hot, dry weather, which means potentially dangerous fire conditions. >> reporter: canceled fireworks displays. all made worse by murderous heat and drought. dangerous temps over 110 scorched the southwest. a record 118 in phoenix. the mississippi valley right up to chicago, where these misting units were set up. in the nation's capital, they cooled off in public pools. get this on crystal mountain in washingtoning state, so much snow pack this week, they're celebrating the summer's hottest holiday on skis. >> loft tank tops. sunglasses. people are having a great time.
a year tour in afghanistan. blake's mother served as his power of attorney and the couple was married over the phone. >> the two of you have come before me today to be united in marriage. randall, do you vow your love and devotion to sara? >> i do. >> in sickness and in health? >> i do. >> i now pronounce you married. >> yeah! >> specialist blake returns home in december. at that time he will get lap chance to see his bride face to face. great. >>> well, this was once a deadly childhood disease, but now the numbers are down considerably. why we could soon see the end to chicken pox. >> we'll tell you how to stay fit. >>> we've got break braifnlgt it seems small but debris is causing a tie-up. >> 695, we have debris on the road. i want to take you to the traffic camera. i want to start you down low. i want to take you on 695, the outer loop of the beltway. this is the traffic that's on the outer loop. you can see all the backup it. all starts with debris in the road. i want to show you this shot. it's real interactive. just go to abc2news.com. more of the traffic stopped. the one in th
-ever sub to ever score in the final. 1-0. troops in afghanistan celebratatg. but the celebrations would end. a mess in the back for the u.s. alex krieger won't clear. 1-1. we go to extra t te. abby wambach scoring for the 122nd time for the u.s. can they seal the deal this time? no. homare sawa the captain was the golden boot winner of this competition. we're going to the penalty shoot-out. the usa and hope solo beat brazil in this setup. hope solo not feeling 100%. carly lloyd with the u.s. down 1-0 in the shootout. over the crossbar. 2-0. abby wambach with the cacaing, it's now 2-1. it's not over yet. hope solo. it's over now. japan beat host germany and sweden. to lift the world cup. this has been your espn news update. >>> good for them. >>> unfortunately, and in inevitably, we must admit mistakes happen in television news. >> this is breaking story right here. this one, though, this may take the cake. it comes from our friends at the bbc. >> they were doing a story about the trial of baseball star roger clements. >> joining us now the bob walker, for the associated press. can you hear
: in afghanistan us service members celebrated america's birthday with cake. >> it is an honor to serve our country. >> reporter: it wouldn't be 4th of july without hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill. in new york some people went a little overboard. joey chestnut scoffed down 62 hot dogs in ten minutes. he won his 5th straight nathan's famous hot dog eating contest. >> i came out here to win. >> reporter: in the first ever women's competition sonia thomas took home the title eating 40 hot dogs in ten minutes. >> i can eat something else later. >>> home people line the streets here for the annual parade here on the 4th of july. the parade featured 17 marching bands from all over. there they are the ravens marching band. we had souped up cars, world war ii vets out there. hello, sir. thank you for your service. some parade goers tell us why they love going every year. >> really i like to come because of the police officers because i'm going to be a cop when i get over. i really like the officers. >> reporter: good for you, amber. >> and the marching bands. >> this is the 77th year of the parade.
the true meaning of independence day. ♪ >> the soldiers in the southeastern corner of afghanistan took part in a flag-raising ceremony. they were sent to afghanistan as part of president obama's troop surge. >>> the sacrifice so many have made in the fight for freedom a stark indication this morning that more americans are unaware of the very origins of this holiday. listen to this. a new poll finds that 42% of americans don't know the u.s. declared independence, 1776, folks, and 24% don't know that we declared independence from the british. >> come on. >> i categorically cannot accept that. >> there you go. >> unbelievable. >>> unbelievable. although this is of course, independence day, fourth of july. we're desperate for one day of great weather. we turn to you, stephanie roberts in today for sam. for the very latest. stephanie. >> good morning. no pressures, since you have to deliver a good fireworks forecast to the nation. yesterday, some very rough weather. moving through the d.c. area. in fact, one fatality from a tree falling on a man riding his bike. you can see folks evacuating the
a military base, u.s. military guys that are on their way to afghanistan, they are coming. i mean, there's a ton of american pride floating around germany right now. >> we had three young girls hop in our van before we left to take a pictutu, there's young and old, boys and girls, actually saw richard jefferson from the nba in our lobby hotel this morning. he's excited about the game. a lot of buzz. >> team usa has never lost to japan. what do they have to do today to keep up that streak? >> the first thing they have to do is throw away that stat. this is a totally different japanese team. i mean, it's 22 ones, 3 ties, all time against japan. but the u.s. knows this is a very good japanese team. they never made it to the semifinals and beat sweden. never made it to the finals and here they are, and they are riding a lot of pride, of course, from the tragedy that they've gone through in the last four months. >> a lot of supporters from japan from that standpoint. what does the u.s. need to focus on, offense or defense? a lot of people are saying offense. >> of course scoring goals is nece
've dop with so many people served in the litary. hear about ceremonies on iraq and afghanistan, who are americans who are there, illegal immigrants now becoming americans as a result of their service to our country. there's many ways to serve our country. allow these people to serve. i would be to america's enrichment. >> on that note, thank you all so much. when we return, struggling to save the americann dream as wal street pulls in record profit mainstream tries to survive and the gap between rich and poor grows. we'll take you to one city fighting back. e. turn it up in a malibu. 33 mpg, over 500 highway miles a tank. one of our 9 models over 30 mpg highway. fuel up, rock on. very well qualified lessees can get a low mililge lease on a chevy malibu ls for around $179 a month. fuel economy based on epa estimates. count on chevy for more out of every mile. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] and just like that, it's here. a new chance for all of us: people, companies, communities to face the challenges yesterday left behind and the ones tomorrow will bring. prudential. bring your challenge
a bureaucratic one. crystal nicely's husband was hit by an ied last year during foot patrol in afghanistan. >> what is upsetting is the lack of support, compassion and benefits for these individuals. it needs to be just a little bit easier. >> reporter: crystal's husband is marine corporal todd nicely. he lost all of his arms and legs in the ied attack. he is one of only three surviving quadruple amputees from the iraq and afghanistan wars. >> you would think that it would be easy for someone to lose hope and motivation after such a catastrophic injury. but my husband has been a fig fightfigh fighter since day one. >> reporter: nicely says she's often fighting red tape. like filling out the samam form over and over again. >> to continually reapply to keep serving as a nonmedical attendant feels as though i am being judged on my level ofare for todd. >> reporter: nicely thanked senator murray for helping her get care for her husband. >> it should not take me talking to a united states senator to help my husband. >> reporter: washington politicians are currently fighting over the debt ceilin
. general david petraeus hans over nato command in afghanistan did morning to his replacement, lieutenant general john allen. petraeus leaves the region during a sensitive time. >>> general motors announcing a $300 million investment today, bringing encouraging news to michigan's auto industry. the money could go into a at all-size truck factory in flint. >>> this morning's rush hour should be normal in los angeles. a bridge removal project along the infamous 405 freeway was completed sooner than expected over the weekend. shocking. >> was that much ado about nothing? >> yes. >> really, everyone just kind of went nutty on this whole thing. >> but they did so much media coverage beforehand, i think that's what saved them. >> good preparations. >>> for his final act harry potter turned everything he touched into gold. >> the final movie in the franchise took in a record $168 million in the u.s. this weekend. here's t.j. winick with the story. >> you're a wizard, harry. >> reporter: ten years. eight films. $6 million in ticket sales. harrrr potter has cast a spell over an entire generation.
of the families of britain's soldiers killed in iraq and afghanistan. for celebrities that saw their cell phones hacked and, posed. finally people were listening. actor hugh grant smoke out on the bbc. >> you didn't care who got hurt as long as you were able to sell your newspaper. >> reporter: that's paul mcmull and, a reporter at "the news of the world." >> would you stop at anything to get the story? wowodo anything. >> even breaking the law? >> absolutely. >> reporter: they bribed police for scoops and hacking as many as 4,000 people's phones. on friday, the arrests began starting with andy coleson former editor of "the news of the world" and he would become spokesman for david cameron. now politicians and police have been a little too cozy with the press barron. >> we've all been in this together. party leaders were so keen to win the support of newspapers we turned a blind eye to the neat to sort this issue. the people in power knew things weren't right but they didn't do enough quickly enough. >> this morning, murdock arrived to try to contain the damage. his son, james, couldace criminal
from france tonight. >>> now, to afghanistan. we're getting an exclusive look inside that deadly attack, by terrorists at a luxury hotel in kabul. an american who was there, having dinner with his family hen it all unfolded, had his cam are in hand. and tonight, he shows abc's's nk schifrin, what he captured. >> reporter: it started as a serene tuesday night in kabul. ali omar, that's him there, filmed his family joking around. they sat outside the intercontinental hotel. >> by the poolside, having dinner. >> reporter: then, the shots started. first, in the distance. then, a little closer. and then, just as that police officer there, is walking away. >> they killed him. up close. after they hit him, they turned around, just started spraying. >> reporter: ali runs throughgh the dark. still filming. >> i said my prayers. if i die, i die. i'm watching the guy. he's just shooting in the crowd. i'm staring at him. if i can see him, he can see me. i ran and jumped the wall. there were about 16 of us on the other sid. >> reporter: they waited there. that's his father. that's his cousin. nobody
hurt. the team did make it to the base safely. >>> the first troops to leave afghanistan as part of the draw down hand over battle space this week. a u.s. army plane took scores of them away from the air base terminal yesterday. president obama announced last month he would pull 10,000 of the extra troops out in 2011. and the remaining 23,000 by the summitter of 2012. -- summer of 2012. >>> rupert murdock is defending the handling of the phone hacking scandal as the company's stock takes a hit. murdock and his son james first refused and then agreed to appear behalf uk lawmaker while the fbi opened a review into allegation of attempt to hack into the phones of september 11th victims. >>> and soldiers found the largest marijuana plantation ever detected in mexico. it was a huge field covering almost 300 acres. the plantation is four times larger than the second biggest marijuana fields ever found by authorities. that was discover at a ranch in 1984. the pot plants were sheltered under black screen cloth and huge square on the baja california desert 150 miles south of the u.s. bord
of things changing. just ahead, why the women from afghanistan are in the united states. >>> and how does this happen? one major beer brand has to shut down for a few days and why certain bruise are not on tap -- brews are not on tap? miller brewing company. you are watching "good morning" first and only at 4:30. a live look at our nation's capital this morning. >>> now "good morning maryland" at 4:30. >>> police in india are searching for who is behind bombings. the attacks were the worst terror strike in the history since three years ago that killed 166 people. these attacks came just months after peace talks resumed between india and pakistan. no one claimed responsibility for the bombings. >>> four female afghan military officers are in the u.s. training to become the first female pilots in the afghan air force. two years ago, the afghan army were look for women to join and became the opportunity to be the first women pilots in the afghan air force and they will be here at lackland air force base in texas for eight months for english language training and heading to alabama for helico
afghanistan with some troops marking their last holiday away before coming home and they have very simple wishes about who and what it is they want to see first when they get here. mike? >> reporter: david, it's another windy, dustyay ar forward operating base shahrana where soldiers from the 101st airborne have spent the past year, they missed labor day, thanksgiving, christmas, easter and memorial day. and now, there is one last holiday to get through before they go home, the fourth of july. >> blackjack where you at? >> reporter: this unit has a rich history, 101st airborne named a band of brothers during world war ii. today they took a break. knowing that home is coming soon. they can picture it. what do you miss most about home on fourth of july? >> believe it or not, my grill. >> good barbecue. >> sierra madre has a fourth of july parade every year and it's cool. everybody in the town comes out. a lot of fun. so, that's what i miss this year. >> miss the lake, definitely. green grass. that's my -- >> real ground. >> i miss my mama. >> reporter: on this day a powerful lesson. >> toug
and be a muslim. >> reporter: 21-year-old naser abdo didn't want to fight in afghanistan but sources say he was more than willing to cause bloodshed at home. after being arrested, he told officers he wanted to "get even" with the military and chose ft. hood because of the 2009 attack here, where major nidal hassan allegedly killed 13 and wounded 30. he told them to set off two bombs then shoot any survivirs. police say the attack was imminent. >> we would probably be here today giving you a different briefs had he not been stopped. >> reporter: greg ebert is the man who stopped him. a former marine and police officer who works at this killeen gun store. he got suspicious when abdo arrived in a cab on tuesday, then bought six pounds of gun powder, three boxes of shotgun ammunition, and a magazine for a semiautomatic pistol. he paid $250 in cash. >> when someone comes into a business like this and doesn't know what he's buying, i'd be concerned about that. and was. i'm not bashful at all to point a finger and say, there's something wrong with this guy. >> reporter: concerned enough to call po
in afghanistan. all of this, one more sign of the growing tensions between the u.s. and pakistan. >>> as all of this debate over spending plays out in washington, in towns across this untry, millimeters of americans just want to find a job. tonight, another stunning number behind the new and rising unemployment figures. it now takes ten months to find a job, the longest ever. millions of americans now have only food stamps to get by, and those benefits kick in once a month and midnight. and it's created a new shopper in this country. the familying heading out in darkness to get their food. here's abc's steve osunsami. >> reporter: we responsibility more than a month following leslie benson and her family. she was laid off from her job two years ago. her unemployment has run out. and the state gives her just $97 in food stamps each month to feed her family of three. >> we live for that last day of the month so we can restock and replenish. >> reporter: we gave them a camera to show us how in the world they make their food last 30 days. by the second week, they were already worried. >> this is
home from the middle east, they will have company. two stray dogs in afghanistan are getting ready to leave the war zone behind. they found comfort and companionship with a company of army soldiers on a remote fire base. now as the troops return home, their spouses have raised nearly $6,000 through the internet to fly the dogs back to the u.s. >>> ten minutes away from five. today, senator mikulski will be in frederick with news that will bring a sigh of relief to some veterans. she plans to announce more than $1 million in federal grants to help veterans in fed ribbing and surrounding -- frederick and surrounding counties to find jobs. it will help them find jobs or services such as job training mentoring and mental health services. >>> 4:50. autism remains a mystery but experts blamed most of the risk on inherited genes. now one of the largest studies of twins shifts the focus to the womb suggesting a mother's age and health may play a larger role than previously thought. the study found a higher than expected rate of autism in fraternal twins. new study didn't try to determine w
of july celebrations. and as we leave you this morning, we are going to take you to afghanistan where the military there is honoring independence day by raising flags and, of course, with the military band. thanks again for joining us and have a happy and safe 4th of july. >>> abc2news.com. [ thinking ] i know -- i'm going to invent a tool where people can enter the terms of the refinance offer they got from their mortgage guy, and know instantly if they're getting bamboozled. and i will start after lunch...tomorrow. don't just think about it. introducing lendingtree's free "look before you lock" tool. enter the terms of your existing loan offer to instantly find out how it compares to other offers, areas you may be overpaying, and even negotiation points to help you get a better deal. only at lendingtree. [ female announcer ] everybody loves that cushiony feeling. uh oh. i gotta go. [ female announcer ] and with charmin ultra soft, you can get that same cushiony feeling you love while still using less. charmin ultra soft has extra cushions that are soft and more absorbent. so you can
? >> reporter: the first thought, with norway's participation in afghanistan, it may have been al qaeda. but it's a lone norwegian, said to be in his 30s, a military veteran who has grievances with the government and now talking to police, a kind of norway version of timothy mcveigh, the american military vet who blew up the building in oklahoma city. >> so, what do you know about the bomb itself? >> reporter: well, the bomb went off. it is not as high explosives as they thought. homemade. they also found several other undetonated bombs on that island at the youth camp, which he had taken with him. >> we're looking at the debris right now. and we all began thinking about buildings here in this country today and that video of the practice run with the barriers we set up in front of so many buildings across this country. >> reporter: the u.s. has been individual lenlt in protecting government buildings. it probably wouldn't happen in the u.s. as it happened there. but that particular video of the truck ramming a barrier in the u.s., an example of what's been done here, the kind of steps that the
the meaning of independence day. that's includes these soldiers in afghanistan. they celebrate complete go a band. >>> talk about a celebration that will have it all. >> from the american idol winner to a comedian we will go to a rehearsal that will have something for everybody. >>> and he was on a mission to make a statement about not wearing a helmet but may be a cautionary tale for defending that argument. >>> a jury must now decide the fate of 25-year-old casey anthony. the woman charged with murdering her 2-year-old daughter caylee. coming up, the final summation for the prosecution and defense. gas is very expensive, and just when you think the gas prices are going down, they go back up again. we know saving money is important. this summer, shop with your giant card and save on shell fuel. earn one point for every dollar you spend. every 100 points earned gets you another 10 cents off per gallon. the more you spend, the more you save. i'm saving money at the store, i'm saving money at the pump, and that works for me. more savings every time you shop, only with your giant card. [ mahi
story out of afghanistan this morning and it is still developing. a suicide bomber assassinated the mayor of kandahar. this comes just days after president hamid karzai's brother as killed in the same city raising doubts about the stability of this critical area for the u.s. >>> another developing story this morning. drenching rain and flooding are trig iring deadly landslides in south korea. at least 19 people were killed and several others are still missing. they were swallowed up by mud and debris in seoul and another town. many of the victims were college students who had been doing volunteer work. more than 15 inches of rain has fallen since last night with more on the way. >>> a mexican judge has thrown the book at an american teenager giving him the maximum sentence for a series of especially gruesome murders. the san diego born 14-year-old admits killing four people whose beheaded bodies were found hanging by a bridge. the maximum sentence in mexico for a miner is only three years in prison. >>> congressman david wu says he is going to resign caving to growing pressure o
bell. >>> well, a marine serving in afghanistan just proves that all you have to do is ask and you shall receive. >> you just never know. sergeant scott moore posted a youtube invited "black swan" star mila kunis to attend. with the urging of his co-star justin timberlake she said yes. >> worthy date. i think that's great. >>> coming up next the stories we'll follow later on today from the friends and dig thatties who say good-bye to betty ford. >>> to the momentous task of the "atlantis" astronauts. we'll be right back. to deal with the sadness, the loss of interest, the lack of energy. male announcer ] ask your doctor about pristiq -- a prescription medicine proven to treat depression. pristiq is thought to work by affecting the levels of two chemicals in the brain -- serotonin and norepinephrine. tell your doctor right away if your depression worsens or you have unusual changes in mood, behavior, or thoughts of suicide. anti-depressants can increase suicidal thoughts and behaviors in children, teens, and young adults. pristiq is not approved for children under 18. do not take pr
in may 2008. afghanistan, his seventh tour of duty. these pictures from before he found out what he was made of. with the true sign of that today being a ceremony, a certain discomfort at the attention. >> to be singled out is very humbling. >> reporter: perhaps, yes, for a kid who used to get into fights and who almost failed in high school. but who out there picked up a live enemy grenade to toss it away to save his comrades. it cost him his right hand. but he's alive, rare for medal of honor winners who usually are honored posthumously. but there's also this. leroy petrie decided he's not done. and when he reenlisted he took the oath with his right hand. his new one. john donvan, abc news, washington. >> you know the med of a of honor was given yesterday on the award's 149th anniversary. president lincoln signed the medal of honor act in 1862. >> also he's now been assigned to a military base near tacoma, washington, where he's going to help other war veterans as well to transition back into everyday civilian life which is really difficult for a lot of veterans. >> still keeps on
not sell and do not use fireworks. >> reporter: in afghanistan, u.s. service members celebrated america's birthday with cake. >> it's an honor to serve our country. >> reporter: and, of course, it wouldn't be fourth of july without hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill. in new york, some people went a little overboard. competitive eater joey chestnut scarfed 62 hot dogs in ten minutes and won the contest. >> came out to win, did what i had to do. might be in n e pepto-bismol later. >> reporter: in the first women's competition sonya thomas took home the competition eating 40 hot dogs in 10 minutes. >> i can eat something else later. reporter: karen travers, abc news. >> little thing. >> joey scarfed 20,000 calories. >>> that's what's making news in
significantly. imagine this, half a world away in afghanistan, u.s. soldiers today, meeting with their chief, chairman of the joint chiefs, mike mullen, asked, will we get paid? and he was forced to say, i simply don't know. but beyond that, america's international friends and, indeed, its friendemies are concerned. they say, it is damaging. they called it irresponsible what's happening in washington. especially china, which holds the most u.s. debt. it's calling for a resolution to this. d a key investment manager says to me, that the rest of the world is stunned, bewildered, more than a little worried. and that the damage is already being done. it's more than a flesh wound. >> always fun to hear the word friendemy on the evening news. do you really think that even if a deal is done and they beat the clock, that real damage has been done in a lasting way? >> well, look. this is what people there are saying. that the level of this acrimony, the level of the paralysis, the partisanship here has sent a discouraging signal about america's ability to lead. about the impasse on its global leaders
believe i can't both deploy and be a muslim. >> reporter: naser abdo didn't want to fight in afghanistan but was more than willing at causing bloodshed at home saying he wanted to get even with the military and chose ft. hood because of the 2009 attack where major nadal hasan killed and wounded soldiers. his plan was to set off two bombs then shoot any survivors. police say the attack was imminent. >> we would probably be here today giving you a different briefing had he not been stopped. >> reporter: greg ebert is the one who stopped him, former marine and police officer who works at this gun store. he got suspicious when abdo arrived on a cab on tuesday then bought six pounds of gunpowder, three boxes of shotgun ammunition and a magazine for a semiautomatic pistol. he paid $250 in cash. >> if somebody comes in especially into a business like this and makes a purchase and doesn't know what he's buying, i'd be concerned about that. >> reporter: concerned enough to call police who the next day searched the soldier's room at this local tel. hotel room they not only found the ammunition he
afghanistan, now on the job, sworn in just hours ago in kabul, ryan crocker said that there will be no quote rush for the exits as the u.s. prepares to withdraw from afghanistan. >>> a dramatic sight over dallas last night. take a look. an american airlines trailing fuel behind it. a 777. just left dallas for brazil when one of its engines caught fire, the pilot had to make a u-turn, still, though, several tires blew as the plane hit the runway. >>> and hundreds of same-sex couples made it official sunday. tying the knot on the first day that gay marriage became legal. >>> football fans may get their wish the four-month or so nfl lockout expected to end this week. players union players committee is expected to vote today to recommend a ten-year labor agreement. the first in a series of votes that could the wheels in motion for training camps by the end of the week. >> we're ready for football. >> thankso much. >>> let's go to sam now. >> perhaps a cooldown would be good news as well. we got these temperatures down a bit. in new england, also across the great lakes, 75 many boston. 79 in new
savings from the troop drawdown from iraq and afghanistan. >> it as $2.7 trillion increase in the debt ceiling with highly suspect spending reduction features. >> reporter: with a week to go until the august 2nd deadline when the government runs out of money, this exercise in capital brinksmanship is literally spending the treasury down to its last dollars. >> we've been hearing for weeks about this augusted 2 deadline but apparently the feds may have this extra cash. the government could pay its bills past august 2nd but still it doesn't really make this any less intense. >> thanks to a little number crunching by the treasury department, there does seem to be a little leeway. it still needs to get done. >> some deal hopefully in the works, we'll see. >>> one side effect of the big debt battle believe it or not is an increase in airline fares. they were put in place last weekend to make up for taxes that expired because washington just can't get its act together with anger over the increases now growing, some senators are demanding that airlines either roll them back or use the money t
adopted a stray dog in afghanistan. how they located the pup and flew her to their hometown, sight unseen. this is a wonderful story about a man's best friend. >> dedication to dogs and pets in our lives, which many people really think is worthwhile. incredible partners. >> and how important they are for soldiers and service people serving overseas. they really develop this tight bond with their pets. >> i think a very few of us can really understand. great story comingngp there. >>> first, tea party favorite michele bachmann has zoomed to the top of the polls as she campaigns for president in iowa. >> but there are questions about how the counseling center she and her husband run back in minnesota are run. an outside group took undercover video inside the center after bachmann's husband denied he tries to cure gay people. abc correspondent brian ross has details. >> reporter: michele bachmhmn tells supporters her husband marcus has been the key to her 33 years of happy marriage. >> i have a very big advantage because marcus has his ph.d. in counseling and he's a marriage counselor. >> re
on a trip to afghanistan. >> now is the moment, now is the moment following what happened with bin laden, to put maximum pressure on them. because i do believe that if we continue this effort, that we can really triple al qaeda, as a threat to this country. >> it's such an interesting statement, christiane, because for so many years, some people argue that defeating a decentralized group like al qaeda was eslings impossible. what's your take on this declaration on potential imminent defeat? >> well, he did say if we continue this route. i think that's clear. obviously, al qaeda is spread out to the arabian peninsula, pakistan areas, and the rest. but it's about continuing this route. many people are concerned if there's a withdrawal of u.s. troops they shouldn't be too dramatic or swift to withdraw before al qaeda and taliban are defeated. >> christiane, i appreciate your analysis. i want to remind everybody, be sure to watch christiane a little later this morning on "this week." she has exclusive interview with white house chief of staff bill daley. bianna, over to you. >> not too far f
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. in the news, the country's highest ranking military officer is in afghanistan promoting president obama's order to withdraw troops. admiral mike mullin said drawing down the troops can be done without risk. >>> and the first trees donated by the september 11th memorial have been planted where flight 93 crashed in pennsylvania. all 40 trees will be planted, one for each victim on that flight. >>> a mississippi man, this is a weird one. was arrested for letting his 8-year-old son drive, while he, the father, was asleep, allegedly drunk in the passenger seat. state troopers were called when they saw the pickup driving air radically. the man's 4-year-old daughter was also in the car. >> and finally, some penguins at the san francisco zoo have rejojoed their colony after graduating from fish school, fish school. the penguins spent the past month learning how to swim and interact with people. it's time for the weather and casey curry from the abc 13 station in houston, casey. >> good morning, ron. we'll talk quickly about the tropics. yesterday it was about tropical storm don. don is gone, bu
general petraeus, commander of forces in afghanistan and soon to be cia director the same way, either in a helicopter or fixed wing airplane with a missile or rocket-propelled grenade. investigators do not believe the planning got very far and both mr. obama and general petraeus have countermeasures on their aircraft and additional aircraft following them that would make them a very tough target, josh is. >> chilling details, martha raddatz in washington, thank you. >>> meanwhile, secretary of state hillary clinton has arrived in turkey to meet with diplomats hoping to end the conflict in libya. the rebels are desperate for more weapons after suffering yet another setback against forces loyal to moammar gadhafi. >>> and roger clemens will learn in september whether he's off the hook for good. the judge in his federal perjury case declared a mistrial thursday after prosecutors showed jurors what was deemed inadmissible evidence. clemens is charged with lying to congress about using performance-enhancing drugs. >>> and there's word nfl owners and players have made significant progress i
from afghanistan and iraq. an incredible story. >> incredible to watch. >>> more of diane sawyer's amazing interview of jaycee dugard. what a remarkable and resilient young woman she is and you're going to see more and hear from her. >> the strength and serenity she displays in the interview is incredible. >>> more on casey anthony. we learned her sentence was extended by four more days. the latest on that and the latest on these emergency negotiations in washington to try to prevent the united states going into default. the president called them into a rare session and the changes they're talking about could affect every single american. >> in dramatic ways. >>> first with josh elliott with more on the top stories including this horrible story in the ballpark in texas, george and i were watching the videotape. >> it is horrifying. we do begin with that ballpark tragedy. it seems we've seen it too many times to count. fans leaping interest their seats leaning over railings in desperate purr suit of a fouou ball, the most american of souvenirs. this time one fan went too far and f
commander has taken over control in afghanistan, general john allen took charge of the american troops in the country. taking over for general david petraeus who is set to run the cia. three more troops were killed today. >>> and now, to the j jilation in japan, sure we were all saddened by the u.s. losing in a penalty shootout. if any nation deserves to feel the pride of such a momentous win, it's japan. >> reporter: we're out here in one of the busiest districts in tokyo. all day we have been hearing spontaneo spontaneous chants of japan. since the earthquake and tsunsti killed 25,000 people, japan finally has reason to celebrate. for the players, this was much more than a soccer game. along the tsunami-ravaged coast, re renew of hopes. fans celebrated in the streets. some were just too emotional to speak. team captain homare sawa's hometown elation. her elementary school coach said that i have no words. players viewed images of the disaster before each game and after every victory, carried a banner thanking the world for their support. today it was the evac wees in the tsunami zone
to questioned when the dow plummeted almost 200 points. >>> in afghanistan a major attack on the government and a volatile southern province. three car bombings targeted the governor's house and police headquarters. at least 17 people have been killed. >>> and this morning a faulty signal is being blamed for that horrifying train derailment in china killed 39 people and left hundreds injured in a rare move, the chinese railway institute took responsibility today admitting to design flaws. >>> back in this country 250 homes had to be evacuated after this train derailed in northern los angeles county. many of the derailed cars often carry hazardous materials but authorities this morning say they found no chemical leaks. >>> a possible bombshell in the 4-year-old case of missing british girl madelieine mccann. she disappeared in portugal just shy of her 4th birthday. now dna testing is being conducted on a young girl in india spotted by a british tourist who said the girl resembles mccann now 8 years old. however, a french woman and her husband insist that they are the parents of the girl in q
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